Opium Dream Estate are a musical project from France that plays an etherial form of neo-folk which also brings in elements of goth, indie and neo-classical and this is a review of his 2014 ep "Shades" which was released by The White Room.
Classical guitars start off the ep giving the music a neo-folk feeling along with some clean singing vocals and after awhile psychedelic sounding synths are mixed into the songs and you can also hear some blues influences in the music at times along with some slide guitars which also adds in more of a distorted sound.
You can hear a great amount of the more depressing side of goth in the song structures at times and on the third track a cover of Black Sabbath's "Solitude" is added on the recording and taking this 70's song and mixing in neo-folk and guitar slides makes the song have more of a retro feeling and the following track is another original that also mixes in more of an indie folk rock sound while the ep closes with a cover of Fields of the Nephillim's "Celebrate".
Opium Dream Estate combines a variety of many different musical genres to create his own etherial style of neo-folk that also has a retro 70's feeling at times, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover dark and depressing themes.
In my opinion Opium Dream Estate are a very great sounding etherial neo-folk project and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this ep. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Comes From Heaven" and "Meanders". 8/5 out of 10.